Young Ananya Birla - Early Life & Career

Since taking up the classical santoor at nine, Ananya has lived for music.  It wasn’t long before she taught herself guitar and started writing her own songs, adding western pop to her repertoire.

Ananya left home for Oxford University at 17, and soon established herself as a regular on London’s music scene, travelling for gigs and open-mic nights almost every weekend. She soon realized that nothing made her feel more fulfilled, and left university with a burning desire to turn her passion into a livelihood.

Shortly after signing with Universal Music India, Ananya’s multifaceted career was jumpstarted by her Afrojack-remixed debut Livin’ The Life in 2016. Before long, the talented singer-songwriter became India’s first artist singing in English to hit 2X Platinum status with Meant To Be. Her next three singles, Hold On, Circles and Better scaled the charts and also went platinum.

India’s Platinum Popstar
Ananya Birla Initial Ventures

In early 2019, Ananya, now supported by Island Records UK alongside Universal, released her deeply personal debut EP Fingerprint to global acclaim. The lead single, Blackout, achieved ten million views on YouTube within a week of its launch.

After being crowned as one of GQ’s most influential Indians and Forbes’ women to watch, Ananya took her career to the next level with her latest single, Day Goes By which featured Sean Kingston and marked one of the first collaborations between between major artists from India and the USA. In yet another first for an Indian musician, the infectious anthem premiered on Billboard, one of the most influential music outlets in the world.

Alongside her musical achievements, Ananya is a bona fide businesswoman with a penchant for making a positive impact.

Compelled to use her own battles to become a global advocate for mental health, she launched Mpower in 2016. The initiative works towards stamping out the stigma around mental illness, as well as providing care in India. Ananya has furthered this  cause around the world, joining up with One Young World and Global Citizen.

Ananya founded her first business Svatantra Microfin at just 17. Svatantra, which means freedom in Hindi, provides financial solutions for under-privileged women in rural India and empowers them with opportunities to be financially independent.

2019 saw Svatantra acquire SMHFC, a Micro Housing Finance Corporation

Ananya Birla Second Business